Decolonising Knowledge and Practice

Volume 31, Issue 2&3 | July-November 2023

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This special issue on decolonising knowledge and practice set out to examine the colonial, racist, ableist, casteist, and patriarchal power dynamics that undergird our knowledge and research institutions, publishing realms, development policy and practice, and our everyday lives. It also set out to reflect, re-examine, and re-assess our decolonial feminist commitments and goals of the journal to serve as an accessible and inclusive resource for scholars and practitioners.This special issue attempts to centre voices, knowledge(s), histories and memories that are often unheard, neglected or erased by power structures. It challenges established norms of writing and publishing through a range of multi-modal contributions, diverse textual genres (including experience-based pieces, photo-essays, artistic expressions, and poems), and reimagining of editorial and review processes.

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Below, you can find free access to the Introduction, four articles, and the Resources and Book Reviews sections of the issue.

For free access to all of the articles, visit the Oxfam Policy & Practice website and search using the article title.



Introduction - Decolonising (feminist) knowledge and practice
Editorial Team

'Yes caste is important, (but)’: examining the knowledge-production assemblage of Dwij-Savarna scholarship as it invisibilises caste in the context of women’s prisons in India
Ravikant Kisana & Durga Hole

Challenging invisibilities: a sensorial exploration of gender and caste in waste-work
Advaita Rajendra & Ankur Sarin

The Resurrection
Binsu Susan John

Motherhood, disability, and rurality: descolonising practices and knowledge via the Las Quiscas case in Chile
Pía Rodríguez-Garrido & Juan Andrés Pino-Morán

Deaf cultures: towards decolonisation of body, disability, and deafness
Shreeti Shubham

Forever fields: studying knowledge practices in the global North: a view from the global South
Nithila Kanagasabai

Who knows, who writes, and who decolonises? Dialogues about collaborative partnerships of a rural education initiative in post-accord Colombia
Natalia Reinoso-ChávezLaura FonsecaMaría Alejandra FinoYasleidy GuerreroTatiana Muñoz & Carolina Gómez

Feminist initiatives in the SWANA region: fighting the patriarchal education with feminist knowledge
Reny Iskander

Thuleleni Msomi

Decolonising knowledge production: the experience of the Syrian Female Journalists Network (SFJN)
Hayma Alyousfi & Rand Sabbagh

Perpetually Lost in Translation

A flurry of feminist knowledge production in the SWANA region and the emergence of a robust young intersectional movement
Lina Abou-HabibCarla Akil & Cynthia Chidiac

Gender diversity and inclusive representation as a means to decolonise museums
Nadine Panayot

Women in community-based museums of memory in Colombia. Their struggle for peace building
Diana Ordóñez Castillo

The archive and the cafezinho: challenging (disembodied) histories by embodied archival experiences at Acervo Bajubá, an LGBT+ community archive in Brazil
Yuri Fraccaroli

Dancing with decolonial praxis: LBQ women and non-binary people’s subcultures in Lusaka, Zambia
Efemia Chela

Hanya ada Satu Kata: Lawan! On decolonising and building a mutual collaborative research practice on gender and climate change
Katie McQuaid & Desy Ayu Pirmasari

Decolonising Southern knowledge(s) in Aidland
Katia Taela

Disrupting learning and evaluation practices in philanthropy from a feminist lens
Clara DesalvoShama Dossa & Boikanyo Modungwa

Overcoming coloniality in adolescent health programmes: harnessing cultural values and the indigenous roles of grandmothers to promote girls’ holistic development in Senegal
Anneke NewmanJudi Aubel & Mamadou Coulibaly

Gender knowledge, territorialising the rhizome, and playing with creative methods
Andrea LiraAndrea Barría & Ana Luisa Muñoz-García

Indigenous youth and international development: a decolonial analysis of Canada's International Aboriginal Youth Internship programme
Lindsay RobinsonBrianna Parent-Long & Lilianna Coyes-Loiselle

The messy coloniality of gender and development in Indigenous Wixárika communities
Paulina Ultreras VillagranaJennie Gamlin & María Teresa Fernández Aceves


Here you can find additional materials related to the issue. These are compiled by Anandita Ghosh, Mahima Nayar, and Shivani Satija.

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Book Reviews

The Force of Witness/Contra Feminicide by Rosa Linda-Fregoso. Reviewed by Deborah Eade

Becoming Young Men in a New India: Masculinities, Gender Relations, and Violence in the Postcolony by Shannon Philip. Reviewed by Maya Krishnan

Vimukta - Freedom Stories Edited by Dakxin Bajrange and Henry Schwarz. Reviewed by Shweta Goswami

Breaking the Silence on NGOs in Africa Edited by Lewis Maghanga and Nicholas Mwangi. Reviewed by Wangui Kimari